Reflections on the Inauguration

There’s still some weighing in on President Barack Obama‘s use of the term “non-believers” during his Inauguration address. From Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition for America: Like most Americans, I felt a wonderful and profound chill watching Barack Obama become the first African-American president. I’m guessing that most nontheists voted for Obama and [Read More...]

Evo Morales vs Jesus in Bolivia’s Election

I’m not going to pretend like I know anything about Bolivia’s political scene. But this story caught my attention for obvious reasons: A television ad that has aired around the country opens with a photo of Bolivia’s leftist President Evo Morales dressed in the garb of a traditional shaman. An image of Jesus Christ arrives [Read More...]

A Non-Believer in God’s Country

Greta Christina felt excluded as an atheist during the Inauguration. And yes, she heard the shout-out to non-believers. Like many of us, she appreciated the gesture. But she wonders whether that is it. Is that all we get? Amidst the excitement of hearing the phrase “and non-believers” in Barack Obama’s speech, did atheists notice just [Read More...]

Did Atheists Get Booed At the Inauguration?

This brief Inauguration anecdote from Chris Bodenner writing at The Daily Dish stood out to me: It’s just one anecdote, but: I stood with mostly African-Americans during the speech and the only time I ever heard booing of Obama, from many directions, was his shout-out to “non-believers.” Are we non-believers (*gasp*) not liked by everyone?! [Read More...]

The Highlight of Obama’s Address

Mike Clawson here one more time… As with my atheist friends here, I too was thrilled when Obama mentioned non-believers, and also when he affirmed the importance of the sciences. However, my absolute favorite part of his address was when he spoke of global poverty, saying: To the people of poor nations, we pledge to [Read More...]